Fred. Olsen Windcarrier (FOWIC) has executed a contract with Huisman for a second 1600t crane to upgrade its wind turbine installation vessel, Brave Tern.
Installation is scheduled to be completed in 2024. Once upgraded, Brave Tern will be able to install foundations and all known next generation offshore wind turbines.
Alexandra Koefoed, CEO of Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, said: “As we announced in 2020, we have initiated an upgrade programme for our existing fleet where Bold Tern is currently undergoing a major upgrade, including replacement of the crane. Brave Tern will be next in line and ready when the next generation turbines enter the market. As a leading turbine installation and service provider we continue to develop our teams and assets in order to remain a trusted partner for our clients in the years to come, as we see significant growth and great potential in offshore wind.”
The upgrade programme is initiated to ensure that FOWIC’s fleet of vessels follow market needs and remain competitive. The ongoing upgrade and crane replacement works on Bold Tern at Keppel Fels in Singapore is progressing according to plan and budget. The crane order is another important milestone in the overall fleet development program.
With three vessels that will be upgraded and plans for a newbuild, FOWIC says it is investing to have a diversified, highly competitive fleet to meet the overall growth in the offshore wind market.